From the Archives
Mrs. Mary Anne Hamilton, widow of Alexander Hamilton's great-great grandson Laurens Morgan Hamilton, visited Trinity Church on Monday, April 11, 2016. Mrs. Hamilton was eager to learn about the founding father's many connections to Trinity Church, including renting a pew for his family, having his children baptized here, and providing legal counsel to the parish. Read more
The Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion, a military chapel on Governor’s Island built by the island’s Chaplain, the Rev. John McVickar, was consecrated on April 19, 1847. In 1866, St. Cornelius became a part of the parish of Trinity Church. The original structure was rebuilt by Trinity in 1906. Though it is no longer an active church, it remains a part of Trinity Church Wall Street. Read moreRead more
On April 6, 1917, the United States formally entered World War I.
For nearly three years, America had remained neutral in the
Palm Sunday procession at St. Augustine’s Chapel in 1960
In this exhibit, as we trace Holy Week and Easter through Trinity’s history, we see the evolving nature of service bulletins and the emergence of printing. Once an expensive art form limited to the domainRead more
A depiction of the original Trinity Church building
On March 13th, 1698, the first service was held in the original Trinity Church building. Construction wasn't completely finished, but the building committee minutes instruct that the church is to "be cleared and put in the best posture they canRead more
February 29, or Leap Day, happens once every four years (but only in years that are not divisible by 100, except for years that are also divisible for 400--click over to National Geographic for a detailed explanation of that). They compensate for the fact that it actually takes the earth 364.242 days to orbit the sun, slightlyRead more
In honor of President's Day, we're highlighting items in Trinity's archives that show some of the parish’s interactions with our nation’s presidents and first ladies over the years. From George Washington to George W. Bush, Trinity and St. Paul's have crossed paths with a variety of presidents--in life and in death; before, after, and duringRead more
At the 2016 Trinity Institute opening Eucharist, the Most Rev. Michael Curry evoked the summer of 1963 in his sermon. “This was the summer when America beheld a nightmare and hoped for a dream,” he said. That was the summer the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was bombed and four school girls were killed. Birmingham became the focus of the Civil Rights Movement.Read more
On New Year's Eve 2018, one million people are expected to fill Times Square to ring in the New Year. Millions more will watch on television as the lighted ball drops down a specially-designed flagpole atop One Times Square at the stroke of midnight, as it has each year since 1907.
But Times Square hasn't always been New York's New Year's tradition. For many years, the city gathered around Trinity Church to hear "the ringing out of the old and ringing in of the New Year" on TrinityRead more
Earlier this fall, Trinity expanded its Brown Bag Lunch ministry to seven days a week. Now that Trinity has added Wednesday distribution, those in need of a meal can get a free lunch Sundays through Thursdays in the Trinity churchyard and Fridays and Saturdays in front of St. Paul’s Chapel. This ministry is the latest in Trinity's history of feeding ministries.
The longest-lasting seems to haveRead more